The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.
©2010 Bryce Courtenay; ©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Humphrey Bower, speaking as Mole, delivers every possible nuance and emotion of his character’s story, and shows a startling aptitude for other dialects as well. Close family friends and enemies include surviving Polish Jews, an East Indian healer, an Irish Catholic priest, Japanese prison camp soldiers, and many others. All of them, young and old, male and female, spring to vivid life in Bower’s versatile voice. Narrative passages and dialogue elicit tears and laughter by turns, without a minute of boredom in the 30-hour production." (AudioFile magazine)
No I love Down Under stories
I got tired of the accent he was forced to use
Not for me
Had to keep listening because the story is really good, but probably won't listen to any more by this author because the language ruined the listening experience. Great performance by the reader.
I loved The Power of One so I ventured to another Courtenay book. It was good but a bit long and kind of predictable.
This book was quite tedious. I kept wondering when it was going to live up to the high reviews. There is a mildly interesting but difficult to read part about three quarters of the way through but the rest was a snooze.
I can't believe that other reviewers compared this to Courtenay's brilliant book The Power Of One. This one falls so short of that mark that the two should not be mentioned in the same paragraph. I have read many other of this author's books and in my opinion this one is the worst. Everyone is different and I know that many people loved this book, but for me it was shallow, predictable and trite.
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